The Congress on Monday intensified its attack on Comptroller & Auditor General Vinod Rai alleging that the CAG is as much responsible for disruptions in the Monsoon Session of Parliament as the BJP,and claiming that a senior BJP leader had called up the CAG.
It is extremely unfortunate that another session of Parliament has been washed out. Regrettably,in this case,the responsibility is as much of the CAG as it is of the BJP. In the past 22 months,the CAG has been tossing presumptive,hypothetical and,at times,even mythical figures in the public domain which has made the public discourse toxic and created road blocks for governance,and which has unnecessarily tarred the India story, AICC spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters here.
On the April 24,2012,a CAG report with regard to higher education was tabled in Parliament. The total budgetary allocation for higher education for 2009-10 was Rs 16,000 crore and the CAG said the HRD Ministry has not accounted for Rs 1.16 lakh crore. Rs 1,600 crore or Rs 16,000 crore became Rs 1.16 lakh crore. Would you call it merely an oversight? he said.
There is a note which is minuted by an official of CAG with regard to a telephone call made by a senior BJP leader with regard to a CAG report which was yet to be tabled in Parliament. Now the question arises: Is the meeting of minds between the CAG and the BJP merely coincidental or is there something more to it? Is the CAG misusing constitutional credibility and if indeed he is doing so,then a further question would arise as to why?, said Tewari. Asked to name the BJP leader,he said,Let the BJP dismiss this,and if the media could use its resources,then you will find that is not something new which I am saying.
Asked if the party saw any parallel between former CAG T N Chaturvedi and Rai,as alleged by AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh,he said,History,if it repeats itself once is a tragedy,if it does so twice,it is a farce. All that I would like to say at this moment is that the trajectory of coincidence is uncanny.
To another query if the party suspected any coordination between the BJP and CAG,Tewari said,That is something for all of you to infer whether the congruence is institutional or the congruence is personal.